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From South Korea to an Uzbek Al Qaeda group in Syria…to a Russian prison

 

On May 6, 2016, a court in Magnitogorsk in Russia passed sentence on a man named A. I. Nuriddinov after finding him guilty of fighting alongside the militant jihadist group Jannat Oshiklari in Syria. Continue reading From South Korea to an Uzbek Al Qaeda group in Syria…to a Russian prison

Now It’s Official: JMA Has Joined Jabhat al-Nusra

After months of speculation — well, since June when the group split, and the Caucasus Emirate (IK) in Syria left — Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar has joined Jabhat al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria.

Before I translate the official announcement from White Minaret, Nusra’s Russian language media wing — which contains some FASCINATING information — here are a few points to bear in mind (based on questions I have been asked…):

Continue reading Now It’s Official: JMA Has Joined Jabhat al-Nusra

Uzbek-Led Katiba Sayfullah (Nusra) Involved In Abu Duhour Air Base Assault

The Uzbek-led battalion Katiba Sayfullah, which is part of Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra (JAN) has published a promotional video via its White Minaret media wing about its participation in the assault and capture of the Syrian government Abu Duhour Air Base in Idlib province. Continue reading Uzbek-Led Katiba Sayfullah (Nusra) Involved In Abu Duhour Air Base Assault

ISIS Chechens: “Al Qa’eda Haven’t Abandoned Us, They’re Out of Date”

The official VKontakte page of FiSyria, the website run by Chechen and Russian-speaking fighters in the Islamic State of Iraq and as-Sham, says Al Qa’eda has not “refused” ISIS, but are just behind the times when it comes to jihad. Continue reading ISIS Chechens: “Al Qa’eda Haven’t Abandoned Us, They’re Out of Date”

Syria: Q&A With Chechen Jihadis From Jabhat al-Nusra “We Are Al Qa’eda”

Chechen fighters from the jamaat of Sayfullakh Shishani, the jihadi killed this month during the storming of the Aleppo Central Prison, have opened a page on Russian social networking site VKontakte to answer readers’ questions.

Those answers shed light on the attitudes, motivations, and beliefs of the Chechen fighters.

Sayfullakh’s jamaat (an Arabic term used by Chechen jihadis since the First Chechen War for a military or fighting group) joined Jabhat al-Nusra in December after fighting alongside the Islamist faction in the autumn. The group had initially been part of Umar Shishani’s Jaish al-Muhajireen wal Ansar but left after Umar publicly expelled Sayfullakh in August, accusing him of fitna.

Umar later formally pledged allegiance to Islamic State of Iraq and as-Sham leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Answers on the new page indicate the split between the two groups of Chechen fighters is a matter of circumstance rather than ideology, even though the fighters offer some ideological explanations for why they — and not ISIS — are really “Al Qa’eda”.


[User named Muslim Abdullaev, responding to a question about why they are closer to the “democrats” of the Free Syrian Army rather than ISIS]

We have never been friends with the democrats, don’t slander us. On the contrary, ISIS has broken away from Al Qa’eda. So how can they talk about a union??

[About the attacks on ISIS in Deir Ezzor]

Right from the start, ISIS first attacked Jabhat al-Nusra in all parts of Syria. But despite this, Amir Jolani (the head of Jabhat al-Nusra) turned a blind eye so as not to stir up even more fitna. Despite the appeals in the Sharia Court, ISIS continues to attack Muslims.

And people attacked ISIS first because ISIS without trial without explanation abducted Muslims and executed them and then their bodies were found dumped in deserted places.

That’s what we mujahideen see here with our own eyes and in contrast to the ISIS guys we don’t like for personal reasons….

Those who are far away and don’t know the real situation, their support doesn’t matter. (Al Qa’eda head) Ayman Zawahiri formally renounced ISIS….

We are also not saying that they (ISIS) are infidels and Kharajites. We are part of Al Qa’eda, and ISIS on the contrary calls Al Qa’eda misguided….

By Allah, (ISIS) attacked us first, and the brothers who they attacked hit back because its the duty of a Muslim to defend his blood, honor, and property.

And we (Jabhat al-Nusra) all this time, encourage them to a Sharia court.

They refuse, brother….

(JAN leader Al-Jolani) has sworn an oath to Zawahiri. He can’t have an oath to Abu Bakr (al-Baghadi, the leader of ISIS) because Baghdadi came from Al Qa’eda and Jolani is true to his Amir.

[In response to a remark that Baghdadi never made an oath to Al Qa’eda]

We know, but the Amir before him had an oath and that jamaat was a part of Al Qa’eda. Abu Bakr (Baghdadi) split that jamaat off from Al Qa’eda, so talking now about a union from their side is hypocrisy.